When should I water my plants?
Separate your production area from your visual amenity areas as their water requirements should differ.Your
vegetable patch will require regular water to maintain production and
quality. Harvesting usable produce is most important, maximising fruit
size and quantity.
visual amenity garden can be designed to thrive on natural rainfall
(xeriscaping). Harvesting and applying additional water in sync with
your seasonal conditions extends your range of plants. To maximise
water use efficiency in winter dominant rainfall areas, avoid plants
that require additional summer water.
Choosing annuals that respond to your natural seasonal cycles will require no extra water! Annual
daisies grow over the late Autumn - early Winter months and flower in
early Spring. They come up, from seed held in the soil, after the
first rains in late Autumn and flourish, making use of the natural
cycle of winter rainfall.
Is the cost of installing a rainwater tank justified?
To minimise the cost per litre of water, install the largest tank you can afford.
small tanks can be very cost effective if they are used in a manner
that provides capture of each subsequent shower of rain. Capture your
water and use it! Water captured and subsequently used, will be many
times the capacity of your tank over a year.
Right: Retro-fitted pipe work to allow the use of water from the top of
the tank only, keeping a secure store of water below for other